Hermanus Travel Guide

 

Description

This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching.

Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a fabulous path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour. Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

In and Around

Accommodation near Hermanus

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

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from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Brown Jug

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Guest House in Eastcliff

Abel, Louise and Luke, the friendly Labradors Keesha and Tula, and kitties It and Squeek look forwar...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

D'Vine View Beachfront B & B

Sleeps 10 Sandbaai Bed and Breakfast in Sandbaai

Welcome to Sandbaai, Hermanus and D’Vine View Beachfront B & B. D’Vine View offers two B & B units a...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Sandbaai Country House

Sleeps 26 Sandbaai Bed and Breakfast in Sandbaai

Sandbaai Country House is situated near Hermanus and offers classic beachfront luxury accommodation....

from R560
1 night, 2 adults

Die Seemeeue

Sleeps 7 Vermont ZA Self-catering in Vermont ZA

Die Seemeeue was established in 1998 and is a cosy and homely accommodation, well known for its pano...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

AmaKhosi Guesthouse

Sleeps 10 Sandbaai Guest House in Sandbaai

Spoil yourself and enjoy your holiday at the AmaKhosi Guesthouse, newly opened owner-managed first-c...

from R3,750
1 night, 2 adults

5 Atlantic Drive

Sleeps 10 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

5 Atlantic Drive is a stunning seafront house located on the Onrus peninsula in the Overberg region ...

from R1,200
1 night, 2 adults

Kenjockity Apartments

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Self-catering in Eastcliff

Kenjockity offers four newly built self-catering apartments that are both comfortable and stylish. S...

from R1,800
1 night, 2 adults

@ Onrus

Sleeps 8 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

This is a beautiful and modern Greek-style house situated in Onrus, within walking distance to the b...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Kure Kure @ Van Haven

Sleeps 7 Sandbaai Self-catering in Sandbaai

Kure Kure @ Van Haven offers self-catering accommodation in Sandbaai, Hermanus. Hermanus and the sur...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Tiny Bubbles

Sleeps 4 Hemel en Aarde Self-catering in Hemel en Aarde

Tiny Bubbles is situated Hemel en Aarde; a valley of almost indescribable beauty. The property is f...